This Week’s Extras

In all of last weekend’s Armistice centenary commemorations, I missed Queen Mathilde who wore a very smart new black felt hat by Fabienne Delvigne.
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Prince Carl Philip out for a fall walk with sons Alexander and Gabriel last weekend, all in casual hats
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Wee Princess Elisabeth of Hanover in a sweet pink hair bow, photographed with her mother, Princess Ekatarina and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece at the London opening of Marie-Chantal’s new children’s boutique
On Wednesday, Empress Michiko wore a lovely new pale pink saucer hat with lattice crin underbrim and floral trim to an event at the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center in Tokyo
Yesterday, Princess Akiko attended the 50th anniversary ceremony of the Professional Ski Instructors Association in a navy hat with wide plaid hatband.
Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Ingrid visited an Arctic research facility today in cosy hats 
King Mohammed opened a new high-speed rail line in Rabat this morning. He was joined by French President Macron on Thursday to inaugurate the railway that boasts the fastest journey times in Africa and the Arab world.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Adore the colour on this burgundy felt fedora with wonderful feather trim from French milliner Anthony Peto
Black straw saucer with gold windowpane crin extended brim & bow from Latvian brand Rubina Millinery
Retro pillbox in vintage printed Pucci-esque fabric by Melbourne milliner Chris Mullane
Liquid silver calot with layered hanging chain trim from British milliner Victoria Grant
Dark green veiled headpiece in velvet, straw and crin from Irish brand Marc Millinery
Black straw teardrop percher with straw calla lily trim from London-based Turkish milliner Merve Bayindir
For you dear gents- this very smart navy felt trilby with natty hatband and feather trim from Stetson Europe
Elegant red felt sideswept brim hat with black flower & feathers from British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan
Sparkling black bandeau headpiece with sequin floral trim from British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill
Stunning swirling gold feather headpiece from Australian brand Jack and Jill Millinery

And the loveliest red felt rose trimmed capulet hat (a cloche with upfolded brim around the front) from Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova

Don’t miss reading the marvelous toast given by the Queen to the Prince of Wales at his big birthday party on Wednesday night complete with puns and poignancy. British royal photographer extraordinaire Chris Jackson also shared this wonderful photo gallery of shots he has captured of Prince Charles over the years along with the fantastic pair of portraits took of the Wales family in the garden of Clarence House in summer. Lovely new portrait

Congratulations to Princess Theodora of Greece who announced her engagement to Los Angeles lawyer Matthew Kumar
We end the week with these sweet snaps, shared by Princess Charlene, of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella’s first trip to Paris where they had tea with Madame Macron.


Last Week’s Extras

This post is later than usual thanks to a long weekend here in Canada. Stay tuned later today for a review of all the hats seen yesterday at Remembrance Day commemorations in London. 

Princess Hisako in a black hat with red puff feather trim the first weekend of November in Nagoya
Last Monday, members of the Imperial royal family attended a tea party for the recipients of the Order of Culture and the Persons of Cultural Merit at the Imperial Palace. While the Empress and Princess Kiko wore kimonos, Crown Princess Masako topped her pastel silk suit with a matching silk covered hat with high, kettle brim. It looks like the outside of the brim is covered in embroidery.

The Duke of Sussex attended the field of remembrance service at Westminster Abbey last Thursday in the black frockcoat uniform and cap of the Blues and Royals, his former regiment.

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Crown Princess Mary wore a black lace veil last Thursday for a visit to the Vatican
The following new millinery designs caught my eye last week:
Chic mustard felt stylised trilby with amazing crin hatbands from Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Such fun ostrich pompom trimmed berets from British milliner William Chambers
Stunning green houndstooth saucer with flying cream under-brim bow from Melbourne milliner Louise MacDonald
Simply beautiful blush straw sidesweep with silk orchids & curling quills from British milliner Vivien Sheriff
Love the lines on this seamed flat cap from London-based milliner Karen Henriksen
Prettiest pink chevron button percher with pearl centered straw bow by Irish milliner Alison Roe
Unique headpiece of interlocking circles (with amazing texture!) from Australian brand Peacock Millinery

And from Melbourne milliner Lauren Ritchie, this  magenta pillbox with brilliantly graphic 3-D trim.

The Imperial royals hosted the final garden party of the Heisei era (Emperor Akihito’s reign) last Friday and braved rain in beautiful kimonos (including Crown Princess Masako, who hasn’t been seen in one in a while).

Wrapping things up with this sweet photo of the Prince of Wales and his youngest grandson, shared in the recent BBC documentary on the prince’s 70th birthday


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This Week’s Extras

On Tuesday, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko began a 3-day visit to Kochi. The first two days saw her in small saucer hats in shades of slate grey-blue and mushroom grey.
On Thursday, Empress Michiko repeated a black and white houndstooth saucer with black bow
Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako celebrated 150th anniversary of Japan’s first Lighthouse. For this event,  held at the Palace Hotel Tokyo in Chiyoda, Princess Masako repeated a white bowler hat with brilliant blue hatband.
Two interesting hats for Princess HIsako in Fukuoka- a pink brimmed design with ruffled hatband in the same patterned fabric as her skirt and a repeated olive green kettle brimmed bowler with raspberry and green stacked hatbands.
Little Princess Elisabeth of Hanover sported a sweet cream knit bonnet at her christening.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Amazing feather butterfly on this black percher by Scottish label Angels & Insects Edinburgh
Lovely lines on this pale blue straw cloche by New Zealand milliner Anél Heyman Millinery
Red felt button percher with maple leaves by London-based milliner Yuan Li
Stunning simplicity on this blue felt design with square crown & sideswept brim by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Wonderful shape on this black headpiece with straw flower by Australian milliner Faye Thornley
Lovely, delicate beadwork on the top of this lilac felt pillbox by Latvian brand Rubina Milliner
Crisp navy boater with sharply executed ribbon trim and tulle puff flowers from Melbourne milliner Lauren Ritchie
Beautiful deep burgundy looped abaca bandeau with roses from British milliner Juliette Botterill
And from Melbourne milliner Louise MacDonald, a ruched white straw turban with pale aqua straw ruffle (whicht sounds simple enough but looks unlike any hat I’ve ever seen) and a stunning wide-brimmed saucer with feathers

A peek inside Kei and Ayako Moriya’s wedding banquet at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo on Tuesday reveals a surprise tiara on Ayako (seen previously as a necklace on her mother) topped her flower-trimmed pink gown (the pink silk was a gift from the Moriya family to Princess Hisako in 2014)

While on the topic of Imperial royal fashion-longtime Japanese designer Jun Ashida passed away last week. This New York Times article about his royal fashion connection is most interesting.
The Princess of Asturias made her first public speech and showed considerable poise and confidence amidst many flashbulbs.
We close this week with a very sweet snap shared by Princess Madeleine. Have a great end of weekend!
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Queen Elizabeth’s Iconic Hats

 Over the late summer and early fall, we undertook a quest to identify Queen Elizabeth’s most iconic hats. Through much searching and discussion, we narrowed down hats worn over eight decades to a few that are “widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence.” It’s interesting- some hats were nominated as iconic for the events they attended, while others for the merit (or memorability) of their design. Despite some difficulties with subjectivity and definition, there were 34 hats that received consensus as deserving of this ‘iconic’ label:


Red velvet bow trimmed bonnet with black veil at Prince Charles’ Christening on December 15, 1948
Blue folded-brim calot with tulle ruffle for Princess Anne’s christening on October 21, 1950


Feather trimmed brimmless black hat worn for her return to London from Kenya as Queen, February 7, 1952
Black-crinoline brimmed hat trimmed with red and green ostrich feathers worn with a Hardie Ames white lace dress at a Sydney, Australia garden party on February 1, 1954 during the Coronation tour


Blue veiled headpiece with silk flowers designed by Norman Hartnell for Princess Margaret’s wedding, May 7, 1960
The memorable “yellow spaghetti” hat by Simone Mirman worn May 27, 1965 on a visit to Germany


The yellow silk Tudor snood with pearls by Simone Mirman worn for the July 1, 1969 investiture of the Prince of Wales
Aqua blue silk and feather brimless hat by Simone Mirman on November 20, 1972 for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s 25th wedding anniversary Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey


Royal blue silk turban with purple lace and ribbon flowers by Simone Mirman worn for Princess Anne’s first wedding on November 14, 1973
Bright pink Simone Mirman designed turban with swinging bell flowers around the back worn for the opening of the 1976 Montreal Olympics and the June 7, 1977 Silver Jubilee 


Stitched green tam ‘o shanter hat with feather trim worn to the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 1980
Ian Thomas designed sky blue silk crepe turban with chiffon flowers worn July 29, 1981 for the Wales’ wedding


Ruched turban in dotted blue silk organdie by Frederick Fox worn for Prince William’s christening August 4, 1982 and a tour of the Solomon Islands in October 1982
Blue silk crepe hat with chiffon flowers by Ian Thomas worn for the York’s wedding in July 1986


Double brimmed purple felt hat worn for a memorable visit to the Great Wall of China on October 14, 1986
Royal blue Philip Somerville hat (made by Dillon Wallwork) with chevron silk striped bows worn October 17, 1988 during a visit to Spain


The purple straw boater with white stripes ‘talking hat’ worn on May 14, 1991 for an address (on a too-short podium) at the White House in Washington, DC
The dark teal velvet “Annus Horribilis” hat worn for a November 24, 1992 speech at Guildhall in London


Wide brimmed black Bretton hat worn to return to London from Scotland on September 5, 1997
Triangular shaped bumper hat with silk bow worn to the Princess of Wales’ funeral on September 6, 2018


The brimless, stacked accordion hat by Marie O’Reagan worn December 11, 1997 to decommission Britannia
Purple feather bandeau fascinator by Frederick Fox for the July 19, 1999 wedding of the Wessexes


Purple asymmetrical hat by Philip Somerville with green feathers worn to the opening of Scottish Parliament, July 1, 1999
Black square crowned cloche with silk folded hatband and feathers worn to the funerals of her mother and sister in 2002


Vibrant blue straw hat with basket-weave brim by Frederick Fox worn for the Golden Jubilee, June 4, 2002 (and on an earlier visit to Botswana in 1998
White ruched crown Philip Somerville hat with black silk bow and straw brim worn on a 2008 trip to Slovakia and on April 25, 2015 for a Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving to mark the ANZAC Landings 


Philip Somerville’s ‘pink swirl’ silk picture hat worn to Oman in 2010 and Ascot in June 2011
Blue straw ‘Union Jack hat’ with red piped bow by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn in 2011 in Cambridge and on April 2015 day at Newbury Races


Yellow silk crepe covered boater hat with flowers and velvet leaves by Angela Kelly worn April 29, 2011 for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding
White hat with upswept, ruched silk brim by Angela Kelly worn for the June 3, 2012 Diamond Jubilee Thames Flotilla


Textured silk hat with kettle straw brim and crystal-studded green chiffon hatband by Angela Kelly worn for the June 5, 2012 Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral
Blue silk crepe covered ‘Wedgwood’ hat with lace trim by Angela Kelly first worn June 25, 2012 in Norther Ireland

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Peach feathered ‘Bond Girl’ fascinator by Angela Kelly worn for the July 27, 2012 opening of the London Olympics
The ‘EU flag’ hat in covered in blue paisley silk wool cloqué fabric with yellow-centered blue flowers first worn June 21, 2017 for the state opening of parliament (one of a few in a hat, not a tiara)

It’s incredibly difficult to narrow down several hundreds (thousands?) of hats worn over eight decades but I think you have done and excellent job with this group. Numerous hats here are known by a nickname (surely a sight of distinctive excellence!) or by naming the event they were worn to. I’m curious, dearest readers- what do you think of your list? Are there hats here you don’t think should be included? Is there are particular hat you think has been unfairly omitted?

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This Week’s Extras

On Monday, Princess Nobuko wore a white hat to attend the 130th anniversary of the Japanese Red Cross Society’s  Branch in Gunma.
Princess Hisako started out this week in Aichi attending an annual conference on nutrition and dietary improvement. For this event, she wore a cream hat with square crown and curved brim, trimmed with lichen green hatbands and side embellishment.
On Tuesday, Princess Hanako wore a yellow pillbox with embellished sides for the 30th anniversary of the Praemium Imperiale Arts Prize.
On Wednesday, the Duke of Sussex was in military uniform and cap again to lay a wreath at the National War Memorial in Fiji.
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Also on Wednesday, Princess Mako celebrated her 27th birthday and was spotted arriving at the Imperial Royal Palace in Tokyo to visit her grandparents in a bumper hat covered in beige-pink patterned silk
Yesterday, Princess Ayako worshipped at the Three Palace Sanctuaries in advance of her wedding next week. While She was in traditional dress (and hairstyle), her mother, Princess Hisako, sisters Noriko Senge and Princess Tsuguko and cousin Sayako Kurada all wore white hats.

Today, members of the Takamado and Mikasa families donned brimless black hats to commemorate the second anniversary since Prince Mikasa’s death (Sankei)
Princess Margriet in a red pouf fascinator today to christen a reconstructed expedition ship
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Amazing gravity-defying ombre turban from London-based Awon Golding
Winter white felt angular cloche with exuberant pheasant feathers from British milliner Annabel Allen
Turquoise and tan feather headpiece with net veil from Australian milliner Neil Grigg
Red silk ruched bandeau with pearl trim from British milliner Laura Cathcart
Pale percher with statement sunburst spiky trim from Irish milliner Laura Hanlon
Navy wide brimmed design with red jin sin twists from Australian brand Millinery Jill
Two designs from British milliner Bundle McLaren- a wonderfully modern take on a pillbox in oxblood
with a flying bow
 and a chic black beret percher with silver dipped curling quills
Pale grey sculpted French lace bandeau tiara with dotted net veil from British label Catherine Walker & Co.
Navy straw percher with copper-tipped navy goose feathers from Irish milliner Theresa Nugent
Dramatic, 1950s-inspired blocked straw saucer covered in velvet on top and silk and graphic,
Art-Deco patterned lace on the bottom from from Texan milliner Milli Starr
And from Melbourne-based milliner Louise MacDonald, these wonderfully vibrant and textural bandeau headpieces of woven ribbon.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit shared this week that she has been diagnosed with chronic pulmonary fibrosis. While she is optimistic about treatment and the future, the illness will undoubtedly continue to impact her and her royal role. Living with chronic disease is not easy and as such, I request that all future comments about the Crown Princess’ millinery choices be framed with compassion.
This week had an abundance of state banquets (in Portugal, Fiji and the UK) with some stunning royal looks – including Queen Mathilde here and here, the Norwegian royals, the Danish Royals and Princess Ayako at the formal Choken-no-Gi ceremony- likely the last time we’ll see her in a tiara.
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This Week’s Extras

Lady Kitty Spencer attended the Berlin premiere of VIVID Grand Show in a black Philip Treacy hat with wide, swirling crin brim last weekend. The theatrical/circus spectacular (see a trailer here) features astounding headpieces, all made by Philip Treacy.

Crown Princess Victoria looking chic in a straw Panama hat on Tuesday during the second day of her and Prince Daniel’s visit to Jordan

Very fun announcement from Kensington Palace, introducing the second day of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Australian tour with a nod to the hats they were gifted with during their official welcome.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

How happy is this bandeau of multi-coloured pompoms from British brand Emily London
Lovely, classic shape & scheme on this navy straw saucer with cream crin
from Brisbane milliner Meg Rafter
Unusual black pillbox with fuchsia ring trim by Dutch milliner Marianne Jongkind (on exhibition in Switzerland)
Love the felt flowers on this grey felt brimless design by Japanese milliner Kaori Kaido
Beautiful feather work on these bland and blue percher hats by British milliner Vivien Sheriff
Textured black straw calot with straw leaf overlay by French milliner Anthony Peto
More leaves in this bandeau in red leather and suede by Brisbane milliner Marla Carmeta
Chic navy square-crowned fedora variation with slim orange leather hatband from Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Exquisite blue jin sin ringed headpiece with hand cut feathers from Australian brand Millinery Jill
And when you think you’ve seen everything possible in millinery design… a creative millinery mind such as British milliner Harvy Santos comes up with something like this.


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Interesting interview with British royal photographer extraordinaire, Chris Jackson (Tatler)

Lovely photo of the Iranian royal family taken on the occasion of Empress Farah’s 80th birthday

Lovely new portrait of Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and their sweet children

The Duke of York shared these snaps of the STUNNING floral arrangements in Windsor Castle for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding reception last weekend

Many of you have likely already seen this candid shot, shared by Princess Eugenie, but it’s too sweet not to share. Have a great weekend, everyone!

This Week’s Extras

Additional photos from Friday’s royal wedding (including formal portraits released by the British Monarchy) have been added to posts- scroll down to the index below this post to see them. We’ll also catch up with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima’s last day in Germany first thing tomorrow morning

While Queen Sofia did not wear a hat a last weekend’s nuptials of The Duke of Huescar (grandson of the late Duchess of Alba) and Sofia Palazuelo, Queen Margarita of Bulgaria topped her black and grey floral dress with a grey Breton style hat with high, upfolded brim. The bride was expected to wear one of the Alba tiaras but surprised by instead choosing a Teresa Briz designed headpiece of white feathers (scroll below to see it).

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Back on October 7, Princess Hisako wore an elegantly shaped ecru Breton hat with pale blue silk floral trim.

On Wedesday, Princess Akiko of Mikasa attended the 16th commendation ceremony of People’s Self-Defense Force in Tokyo in a prim white hat with pink hatband (Imperial Family of Japan)

Princess Kiko on one of her go-to pale hued bowler hats, this one in cream with a wide, pleated beige hatband, for an appearance at the National Sports Festival earlier this week

On Friday, Queen Margrethe unveiled a sculpture of Danish engineer and author Thomas Dinesen  at Churchill Park in Copenhagen. For this event, she repeated her red multi-textured straw hat.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Exquisitely delicate gold leaf headpiece by New Zealand milliner Monika Neuhauser
Love the unique shape on this grey felt hat with yellow ribbon trim by British milliner Dorothy Morant
Wonderfully creative use of zippers on this red straw hat from Australian brand Chaperon Hats
Black felt beret with crystal studded veil and feather flowers from Irish milliner Aoife Harrison
Gold straw elevated boater with twists and silk flowers from Australian brand Locopa Designs
Two beauties from Melbourne brand Murley and Co. Millinery- a tomato red straw knotted bandeau
and a black and white patterned statement hat with wide, mushroom brim 
Silver star trimmed black veiled headpiece from London-based milliner Awon Golding
British milliner Jane Fryers wore this rose trimmed black beret to a 70th birthday party for the Prince of Wales. The beautiful texture is compliments of its material- fish leather!

I’m seriously blown away by this astounding, hand painted boater hat from Melbourne based-brand Taboo Millinery

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At an engagement early last week, King Willem-Alexander adorably autographed a young chap’s arm cast.

Lovely mother-daughter moments shared by Princess Madeleine from a recent working trip to New York with her mother and younger daughter, Princess Adrienne

Compelling words from the Duke of Cambridge at this week’s Illegal Wildlife Trade conference in London

Support for the Invictus games from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (no surprise there!) and the Danish Crown Prince and Princess along with their children

Lovely post by Flora Ogilvy sharing confirmation of her mother’s graduation from Harvard Divinity School. Julia has stayed on at the family’s home in Massachusetts to volunteer as a hospital chaplain.

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Sending love to our mother who has not only graduated @harvard, but is staying on to support those in need of hope in times of unimaginable suffering. She’s now underway with 400 hours of volunteering in hospital to give emotional support to people of all ages and backgrounds at the very end of their lives. Her work is both challenging and painful and I haven’t said enough how proud I am to be her daughter. You’ve all been talking about mental health this week and for me the empathy and compassion she and my father James have shown across their lives is their greatest achievement. If you’re struggling then please read her thought-provoking book ‘Turning Points’ - it’s always been a source of comfort and inspiration. We love you x

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The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme welcomed their fifth child, Princess Jacinthe of Orleans, earlier this week. She was baptised yesterday at Saint-Pierre church (no cause for alarm- the young princess is healthy and doing well!).

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